Practice notes: Depth shows on O line

August, 20, 2012
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Center Bryan Stork and right tackle Menelik Watson both missed Monday's practice, but Jimbo Fisher both players should return by Tuesday or Wednesday.

Stork, who opened camp at right tackle but has been at center since the second day of practice, has a minor neck injury, Fisher said, while Watson, the junior college transfer is dealing with a stinger near his shoulder.

"They should both be able to go (Tuesday)," Fisher said. "It's typical two-a-day stuff."

The circumstances aren't dire, but the injuries to two potential starters on the offensive line were still eerily reminiscent of the drama at the position that helped sink Florida State's 2011 season.

Fisher was forced to use 10 different linemen a year ago, including four freshmen in FSU's bowl game against Notre Dame, but all the attrition in 2011 has proven to be a blessing in 2012.

"Our depth is so much better," Fisher said.

So as Austin Barron took reps with the first-team offense at center and Daniel Glauser got work at right tackle, the unit looked no worse for the changes.

That's a good sign, Fisher said, and competition for the starting roles at both positions remains open -- at least nominally.

Stork's veteran experience -- which includes 14 starts, more than the rest of the projected starters combined -- and bulky frame have him the favorite to win the job at center.

At right tackle, there's likely a little more wiggle room, as Glauser has come on strong the past few days with Watson injured.

"(Watson) has been doing some good things and Glauser's been doing some good things," Fisher said. "Those two, I feel very comfortable to have them there right now."

Redshirt for McDaniel

Senior defensive tackle Jacobbi McDaniel will likely redshirt the 2012 season, Fisher said after Monday's practice.

The former five-star recruit suffered a nasty ankle injury against Duke last season, and although he's participated in an increasing number of drills during fall practice, he's still far from 100 percent.

Fisher said McDaniel won't be healthy enough for game action until midseason, at best, and with enough depth already at defensive tackle it made sense to allow the senior a full, healthy season in 2013.

"You've got to give him that full year," Fisher said. "He wants to play, there's no doubt. But he understands it."

McDaniel has played in 33 games in his career, recording 65 tackles, including 10.5 for a loss.

McCloud making progress

While McDaniel's season is likely over already, fellow senior defensive tackle Anthony McCloud could still be back in time for Florida State's opener on Sept. 1.

McCloud suffered a small pectoral tear during the first week of fall camp, and Fisher said he's made steady improvement in the two weeks since.

"He's healing good," Fisher said. "He's right on track. (The trainers) are very happy with his progress so far, too. He's been going (to rehab) two or three times a day."

Fisher said he expects McCloud to be ready to return to full practices by next week in advance of the opener against Murray State. With FCS opponents in each of the first two games and sophomore Timmy Jernigan ready to step into a starting role, however, McCloud could be eased back into a full-time role.

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